25 Bow St, Somerville; (617) 628-2151 Somerville’s Union Square has several Portuguese family-style restaurants, several of which are reasonably priced; this is Mine’s favorite. It’s small and crowded, made even more so by the huge, home-cooked platters of food.
Let’s start with breakfast served from 7 am. to 3 p.m. It may not seem cheap; three eggs and toast are $4.39. But these come with fresh fruit, home fries, coffee, and NRB’s fabulous homemade Portuguese sweet bread. The real bargains are on the weekends, with brunch deals like Belgian waffles with homemade syrup, eggs, bacon, linguica sausage, com bread, sweet bread, fruit, juice, and coffee all for $5.95.
Lunches and dinners, again, are enormous. Portuguese-style fillets is a plate of haddock, scallops, and shrimp, for $8.95; for even bigger appetites, go for their paella ($13.95) chunks of fish, shrimp, sausage, and vegetables in a mountain of yellow rice. A friend of Mine’s does this so often that the waiters have a doggie bag ready to go. There’s enough for two meals.
More moderately priced choices on the lengthy menu include Portuguese-style pork chops ($8), and mussels in tomato sauce ($7). Be sure to ask about the homemade soup of the day ($1.75 a cup), and save room for a dessert flan ($1.25). You can also buy loaves of fresh-baked walnut bread for just a dollar apiece; day-old loaves, if any, are 75? each. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mondays through Saturdays, until 10 P.M. Sundays, they close at 3 P.M.
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